Reilly Rod Crafters Announces New Joe Mahler Signature Series Fly Rods

Reilly Rod Crafters has announced the release of the Joe Mahler Signature series fly rods. The rod is a medium-fast action rod is available in two models: the Lily Pad 5/6 and the Cypress 7/8.

Read more in the press release below.

Reilly Rod Crafters Announces New Joe Mahler Signature Series Fly Rods

Palmyra, VA (February 8, 2018) – Reilly Rod Crafters is proud to announce the addition of the Joe Mahler Signature series fly rods to its line-up of quality fly rods. The Joe Mahler Signature Series rods feature a unique grip design with logo etched in flor-grade cork handle and have a complete lifetime warranty.

“We are very excited to launch the Mahler Signature Series,” said RRC President and CEO Chris Reilly. Reilly describes the Mahler series as, “everyday rods… comfortable, like your favorite pair of jeans. It’s the rod you’ll grab when you want to spend a relaxing day on the water.”

Reilly Rod Crafters other signature series rods include designs with fly fishing legends Stu Apte and Chuck Kraft. Reilly continued, “You likely know Joe from his numerous casting articles and illustrations. His easy-going approach and effortless casting style fit perfectly with the Reilly philosophy.”

On working with Reilly Rod Crafters, Mahler commented, “In ten years of giving private casting lessons, I have noticed that both beginners and experienced casters advance quicker and with less effort with a medium-fast action rod. I described what I wanted to Chris and he was able to deliver precisely what I was hoping for.”

The rods are available in two models, the Lily Pad 5/6 and the Cypress 7/8, using colors pulled directly from nature. The Lily Pad is a shade of bright green, and the Cypress is medium orange. Both models feature salt-ready hardware, including three titanium stripping guides. They also come with a color-matched cloth sock and plastic tube for easy transport. Both rods retail for $289.

“On favorite rods that I’ve had over the years, I customized my cork grips to feature a ‘dip’ for finger or thumb placement. This ‘dip’ adds both comfort and stability to the grip, so I knew that if I ever designed a rod, the ‘dip’ would be a must,” said Mahler. ”When I first casted a Reilly rod at the Virginia Wine and Fly Fishing Festival, I knew that I wanted to work with these folks,” he added.

For more information or to order the rods online visit, or check the list of Reilly Rod dealers.

For further information, contact Chris Reilly at [email protected]

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Tom Morgan Rodsmiths Opens New Shop in Bozeman, MT

Tom Morgan Rodsmiths has announced the opening of a new shop in Bozeman, Montana, under the new ownership of Joel Doub and Matt Barber.

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Tom Morgan Rodsmiths opens new shop in Bozeman, MT

From Tom Morgan Rodsmiths:

Tom had never built a rod when he purchased R.L. Winston in 1973, but over the course of 45 years, he became an icon in the fly fishing industry.  Quite simply, Tom worked tirelessly in pursuit of building the perfect rod.

Tom Morgan Rodsmiths evolved from a dream of Tom’s while owning the R. L. Winston Rod Company from 1973 to 1991.  He always wanted to build a limited number of superior graphite rods for appreciative anglers. Rods not limited by cost or materials. Rods he would fine-tune until their actions were perfect.

Originally, Tom planned on making these rods himself, but then life threw him a twist.  Tom developed MS and would be unable to keep up with the physical demands of rod making, faced with a decision on whether to continue his life’s work, a solution presented itself.  Gerri Carlson and Tom met and became partners in life and in the Tom Morgan Rodsmiths Company. Over time Tom and Gerri added bamboo and eventually fiberglass rods to their lineup.  A small group of craftsmen ebbed and flowed through Tom’s shop wanting to work with and learn from Tom. They, along with Gerri, became Tom’s hands and brought his vision to life.  Many of them have gone on to build and sell custom rods of their own.  Tom also had a team of dedicated casters who developed prototypes under his watchful eye and gave him the feedback that he could no longer gather for himself.

While other rod companies chased a demand for stiffer and stiffer rods, Tom worked hard to keep the same progressive action that he developed while at Winston.   His rods possessed a smoothness and his signature light, lively feeling so prized by anglers worldwide. He sought designs that emphasized continuous taper blanks with a commitment to the importance of a sensitive tip. He added the best components he could find, from a carefully chosen group of suppliers committed to making the very highest quality products.

Now there is another exciting chapter in Tom Morgan Rodsmiths story. Tom and Gerri sold the company to Joel Doub and Matt Barber, two life-long fishermen committed to the preservation of the Morgan legacy. They moved with their families to Bozeman from Denver, and are honored to be stewards of the company as Tom envisioned it. As such, TMR will remain a small company, and will continue to provide the unprecedented quality the brand is known for. In support of what Tom created, the team of rod builders remains intact and all of Tom’s suppliers have committed to provide the same high quality components to ensure the success of TMR. The new shop is located at 608 W. Griffin Dr. in Bozeman, MT  59715.

Sadly, Tom passed away on Monday, June 12th, 2017 of pneumonia. While he is no longer with us, his legacy in rod design will touch anglers for generations to come.  Please visit our website at to check out our rods or reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Matt Barber
Owner – Tom Morgan Rodsmiths
[email protected]

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